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Skaha Lake Park, Penticton

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Skaha Lake, historically known as Dog Lake and originally Lac Du Chien, is a freshwater lake located along the course of the Okanagan River in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. It has a surface area of approximately 20 km², with a maximum depth of 55 metres. The lake is situated directly south of Okanagan Lake and forms the southern shoreline and boundary of the city of Penticton, British Columbia. The community of Okanagan Falls is located at its southern end, the community of Kaleden lies in the upland area to its west.History and meaning of name"Labelled "L. du Chien" (Dog Lake) on Anderson Map, 1867; labelled "Du Chien L." on Trutch maps, 1866 and 1871. Origin unknown. Later, Dog became the official name. Changed in 1930 to Skaha "to agree with the local name," states the Chief Geographer. However Okanagan Indians say "skaha" is not their word for dog, but is that of the Shuswaps, and that the local word for dog is chokowapee. (Parham, 40). Another spelling is kaekuwapa. The local meaning of skaha is "horse". (Albert Millar). That is also the meaning in the Nicola dialect. (W. G. Clapperton)."Images
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  • Must visit if your visiting Penticton during summer; its a red sand beach looks just magnificent in the evening!  more »
  • This is a great park, at the south end of Penticton, on Skaha Lake. The beach is wonderful and the city does a great job of keeping it clean of debris from users and drifting weeds and sticks. There a...  more »
  • this has got to be one of the best beaches in Canada with fine red sand, clean clear water and free parking what else could you ask for?  more »
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  • Love this park, I just can't help think it just needs something more. Good activity and recreation area. Some real sketchy people around after 10pm. Worth hanging out on a nice sunny day. Good for Pokémon Go.
  • Well maintained beach for the weekend. You are lost in the beach that you will not know the clock running fast beyond the time you want to spend. Worth spending the day along with the family.
  • Beautiful viwes and nice refreshing water of the lake. Would be nice to have more parking. Nice ice cream shop and even tennis courts available near by the lake.
  • An enjoyable park to sit and read or write under a tree. Maybe have a lunch and go for a swim. Amazing Sushi around the corner at Kojo.
  • My go-to spot every time I visit Penticton. This beach has some great trees for shade and sitting under, and even when it's super busy it rarely feels crowded. Love love it!